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I MUST KILL MY ANGER                                     By Phil Guerena Sr.

I must kill my anger because this blinds my intellectual ability to discern correctly.  “Whosever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down without walls.”   Proverbs 25:28   In the days of the early cities, they had to have walls all around them.  This was to protect them from thieves and robbers who would easily steal any or all of their goods and possessions.   In the Book of Judges of the Bible, the Israelites were continually robbed of their crops and herds by invading nomads and armies.  There is a whole book of the Bible that is dedicated to the construction of walls for the rebuilt city of Jerusalem, The Book of Nehemiah. 
A city had to have walls for its own survival and protection.  Now days it is probably guarded by an excellent police force, a good fire department, hospitals and medical services that take care of all of us.  Without all of these and more we would be helpless against thieves and disasters.  
The point being taught here is that an angry person puts down all his guards when he is dominated by fury.  With this attitude, he cannot listen to good advice or contrary views.   There is a possibility that there might be better ideas than his.  Or it could enlighten his thinking and broaden his project or opinion.  Anger usually refuses to think differently nor believe that it might be wrong.  Wars, divorce, and the losing of good friends is no problem- they are simply seen as miserably mistaken while my anger thinks it is totally right. 
Walls are mainly built for our protection.  These are put up to guard us against those trying to take advantage of us.  First of all, we must realize that we have much to learn, always, until the day we die.   “Whosoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.”    Proverbs 12:1   We have opportunities to keep learning and to keep improving.  Cutting off this we cannot advance very much in our own mind and life. 
All good businesses are always changing and improving their services, products, and prices.  If they refuse to keep on improving and attracting new customers they will soon be out of business.  “He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.”   Proverbs 10:17
What a big disadvantage a person has who refuses to listen to other opinions.   He may not accept them but at least he will know and understand others.  This may very well help him, or her, to keep improving while making necessary changes in his, or her, life.
“He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will be prosperous.”   Prov. 28:25   Many wrathful persons are so proud that they cannot see any other way but their own.  But God promises to prosper the person who trusts HIM.  To put it another way, the arrogant are stuck on themselves so much that not even God can counsel them.  But if they listen to HIM, many new manners of living will come to that person.  How about forgiving and turning the other cheek.  Then there is the invitation of following Jesus who is the meekest person that ever lived.  There is so much to learn from HIM and HIS Word, and from HIS loyal servants.  He becomes our example and Savior.  Christians take the first step in being a Christian by following Jesus Christ.  He is the ONE who died for our sins and rose from the ead...defeating death.  By this He saves us when we gladly accept HIM and HIS offer of salvation.

But many stop there and do not allow HIM to be THE LORD of their lives.  He must rule in our hearts and certainly not in our pride and anger.  The defenses come down when we are greatly disturbed, whether it be calmly displayed or openly aggressive.  Pride which is the sword of anger, keeps anyone from listening and making necessary changes.  “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you.  Give instruction to a wise man, and he will still be wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”  Proverbs 9:7-9   I must kill my anger and the pride that comes with it. 
  
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